Twilight Sparkle's Siege Chronicle
Today a squad of the Royal Guard has come to join us. Turns out Spike informed the Princesses about what happened and they sent help. Shining Armor came here as well and he tried to convince me to leave for Canterlot to be safe. It took more than an hour to explain to him that I wish to stay here because this is where my friends are I will not leave. Finally I reminded him that I'm an adult and despite my respect for him, I make my own decisions and if that's the only reason he came here he should just go right back to Cadence. He wasn't the happiest but he finally understood and didn't bother me about it anymore.
Anyway, the guard set up a quick training place to help our able fighters in battle. Unfortunately... not many ponies are 'able fighters', so I heard that reinforcements will be coming soon. Meanwhile, we are building up trenches and walls to defend in case of another attack. Meanwhile, the shadow is still doing nothing.
Reinforcements have, indeed, arrived. To be honest, through my entire life in Canterlot, I've never seen so much guards in one place (really, even during the wedding the army was spread out across the entire Canterlot.) We barely have enough space for them to make a camp (I'll not even mention any accommodation from our side, the houses are full of hurt ponies.) With a larger army, the construction of the trenches has speeded up significantly.
Seems like some of the army didn't want to wait to be attacked and advanced at the 'vulnerable' shadow. Well, he was waiting for Spike and didn't really enjoy being attacked. 8 broken limbs and 37 heavy wounds is the total damage count for those fools. They had a lot of luck. The shadow seem to doesn't wish to waste its full power on them.
Major update. After 4 days of training and constant battle drills, finally something started happening. The shadow began to walk about, looking at the ground. I fear that he may try to do something. Perhaps he is looking for a way to return to his masters.
Meanwhile, the army has sent out spies to patrol the areas near the Diamond Dog caves. We'll know if they're coming.
The shadow has punched the ground just outside of Ponyville. It created a huge crater in which he disappeared. Now that he's active, none of us wish to even approach the tunnel that he's digging. He does indeed seem to be looking for the fastest way to reach his masters.
It's been very quiet. The spies have brought a terrifying report. It seems that the Diamond Dogs have started leaving the tunnels and slowly advancing towards Ponyville but they... came back to the caves. Shining Armour is willing to put his bits on the fact that they'll probably use that tunnel to attack Ponyville. We've laid out magical traps near the entrance to weaken, and perhaps intimidate their army. The day of confrontation seems to be just around the corner.
Celestia walked up to Luna, "Anything new happened during the night sister?"
The moon princess shook her head, "Not a change Celly. As quiet as ever."
Celestia shook her head, "Well, he's had his time. Now we must open up the archive and let him out."
Both sisters slid their horns into the holes of the door and opened it using their magic. As the door slowly started to swing open, simultaneously, the inner doors to the archive slid apart completely, almost shaking the very foundations of the castle with their force. Startled, both sisters deactivated their magic link and the doors swung inwards to slam shut.
Before they did, however, Spike's purple claw appeared between both doors, stopping them from closing completely. Then his second claw appeared above the first one, and with a flick of his wrists, both of the doors swung open.
Raw power surpassing magical barriers?! thought Celestia to herself, more excited than surprised or scared. Rarely has she seen somepony who could surpass her barriers, even though they were pretty weak (for her). Twilight could probably do it with her magic, but for raw power to be able to accomplish such a feat was just... improbable.
Such amazing strength... what did he find back there?! thought Luna, more interested than intimidated. She has indeed hear rumours of dragons being extremely powerful, but to think that a baby could gain so much strength that he could surpass Celestia's spell just from entering an ancient dragon archive... well, actually, with deeper thought, it was obvious - whatever he found there changed him.
"I need a carriage, two of the fastest pegasi you can find and something very precious or rare." he said. He didn't direct the sentence at anypony, but it was obviously meant to be heard by the princesses. Now his voice didn't just brim with confidence... it brimmed with authority. And what he said sounded extremely insulting, like an order to the princesses.
"Watch your tone, little Spike." said Celestia through her teeth, sounding obviously angry.
"Deepest apologies, Princess. What I meant of course is that I am begging you for a carriage, two of the fastest pegasi you can locate and something of great value so that I can help to save your precious student, the Elements of Harmony and all of my Ponyville friends. And as well as that, your army which will most likely be completely wiped out by my shadow. So please, may I?" he retaliated instantly, managing to sound more apologetic than insulting. It wasn't an easy feat as Celestia well knew, having participated in quite a few ancient negotiations and meetings. Now she was even more impressed.
"Heh... very well Spike. You may have my royal carriage and two of the Wonderbolts of your choice. You can also take Prince Blueblood's old golden jeweled mane comb which he does not intend to use anymore." said Celestia, smiling slightly. This dragon was sure to have an interesting future.
Spike bowed, "Thank you Princess. I really need it."
As he started to walk away, Princess Luna put her hoof on his shoulder, "Wait a moment young dragon. What do you intend to do?"
He looked back and stared her into the space-deep eyes, a shine of genius appearing in his own iris, "Make some friends, Princess. Make some friends."
Princess Celestia watched as her carriage took off with a dual trail of thunder behind it. As she did, her younger sister walked up to her, "He's gotten stronger. I felt it, and I'm sure you have felt it too, sister."
"Yes..." sighed the goddess of the sun, to which Luna tilted her head in confusion.
"What is the matter Celly? Surely if he's strong he'll be able to save the Elements and bring peace to our land until another evil arises? Why do you sound so sad?"
Princess Celestia looked at her sister, "Of all the ponies, you should know best, sister, how giving into your emotions can affect your use of power. Your envy led to the creation of Nightmare Moon, and he's a lovestruck dragon. I fear any damage brought upon Rarity Belle would envoke rage into him... and this may just be then next, this time unquenchable evil that appears..."